Title: An Introduction to the Global Soil Status
Language: English
Authors: Chen, Zhuoheng 
Shah, Tavseef Mairaj  
Issue Date: Sep-2019
Source: RUVIVAL publication series 5: 7-17 (2919-09)
Part of Series: RUVIVAL publication series 
Volume number: Volume 5
Is Part of: https://doi.org/10.15480/882.2339
Abstract (english): 
During the last decades, the total area of arable land decreased worldwide, mainly due to unsuitable land usage related to agricultural practices. The Third Agricultural Revolution and growing food de-mands have put critical stress on agricultural land, resulting in serious soil degradation. As a result of modern agricultural practices, both chemical and physical degradation of soil can occur. An inter-related factor contributing to the loss of arable land is erosion, which is a naturally occurring pro-cess, but can be accelerated by human activities. This paper reviews research conducted on the soil situation in these six continents: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe and Australia, and therefore provides a global overview. Geographically specific causes for soil loss are also given. Soil management and monitoring systems are recommended; however, it should be noted that each system needs to be adapted to its specific environment.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11420/9781
Institute: Abwasserwirtschaft und Gewässerschutz B-2 
Document Type: Article
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